Appointed chargé d’affaires
in Paris in 1810 by President Madison, Russell served as one of
five U. S. negotiators for the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the
War of 1812. He subsequently served as United States minister to
Sweden and Norway from 1814 to 1818. Collection consists of
correspondence, documents, ledgers, passports, and an account
book created or received by Jonathan Russell during his career
as merchant and diplomat between 1810 and 1818.
Most of the material in the Alva Woods papers consists of correspondence, documents, publications and writings that belonged to the Alva Woods family and the Brown family of Providence, Rhode Island. Most of the material is dated between 1812 and 1918. The papers also include architectural drawings, ephemera, one map, newspaper clippings, handwritten recipes, and some photographs. The material is housed in two letter-size Hollinger document cases, one legal-size Hollinger document case and one triple oversize box.
Annmary Brown Hawkins inherited from her father a collection of colonial documents compiled by Samuel Wyllys, a magistrate of Connecticut from 1654 to 1684, and other members of his family. The collection, covering the period from 1638 to 1757, comprises half of the original collection; the other half (1694-1726) is owned by the Connecticut State Library. These early papers pertain to Indian affairs, colonial wars, civil and criminal cases. The witchcraft trials of 1692 to 1693, as revealed in the testimony of witnesses in the Oyer and Terminer Courts, are of particular interest.
collection was assembled over a period of fifty years by Mel B. Yoken. The primary focus
is 20th century pieces of correspondence and documents by and related to French,
Québécois, British, and American authors, artists, politicians, and public figures.
Numerous letters written by significant figures of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries
enhance the historical, literary and political interest of the collection. Notes,
typescripts, photographs and personal papers complement the archive.